Go Green: Make a Difference in Your Home
Spring is all about new beginnings and the renewal of nature, which makes it a perfect season to reflect on how you can be more environmentally friendly with your daily actions.
Over generations, humans have adopted habits that have been damaging to the environment which has contributed to global warming. It’s not too late to make a difference though. Starting today with small changes personally means a greener tomorrow for everyone.
As a homeowner, there are many things that you can do at home. Ready to get started? Read on for tips from the experts here at Reeves Family Plumbing.
Tankless Water Heaters are Energy Efficient
You use a great deal of energy and water to heat water. One way to improve that process is to invest in a tankless water heater.
These are more energy efficient because they only heat water as needed and promote less waste. You end up using less energy and less water, which also translates into cost savings for you.
Steps Towards Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
Get truly committed to helping the earth by reducing your overall carbon footprint at every opportunity. At home, get plumbing leaks fixed.
Reduce water use by turning off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Use the cold water cycle for laundry and hang dry instead of using the dryer.
Consider switching your car for a hybrid option. Or better yet, park your car in the garage and carpool, walk or use a bike.
At the office, use reusable cups, plates, and cutlery. Only print out what you need to. When you go home for the weekend, switch your computer and other appliances off.
Your plumbing fixtures are part of your decor, but they can also help you use less water. Dual flush toilets let you select how much water to use, depending on the type of waste you are flushing (i.e. solid or liquid).
Low-flow showerheads produce far less water, but still give excellent water pressure, so you don’t have to compromise your daily shower quality.
Celebrate Earth Day
Are you in the habit of celebrating Earth Day? If not, make plans for April 22 to mark the occasion. One great way of making a difference on this special day is to fine-tune your recycling program.
Recycling is one of the most effective tools available to improve the environment. Before you consume or purchase a new item, consider if you need it new, or if you’ve got something already that could be reused.
You will reduce waste this way. Educate yourself on items that are recyclable and those that are not.
Make your purchase decisions based on whether or not an item is recyclable or not. Beyond recycling materials, think about recycling water too by using cooking liquid to water plants.
Water Filtration Options
Bottled water is handy, but is damaging to the environment. Many of those bottles end up in landfills.
Point-of-use filters (either on the faucet or under sink options) are easy to use, affordable and require little maintenance. Whole home systems are also effective and can be helpful in softening water too.